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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more

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147: Pet-Nats, Piquettes, Croatia & Comfort Wines with Kate Dingwall

September 22nd, 2021


Are you curious about trendy new wines like pet-nats and piquettes? Which lesser-known Croatian wine should you try? What are comfort wines and what …

146: Penedes, Spain, Croatia & Kosher Wines with Kate Dingwall

September 15th, 2021


What’s it like biking through the Penedes wine region of Spain? How can you find great Georgian wines without leaving North America? What makes a …

145: Embarrassing Wine Moments, Oak as Ketchup & Powerful Stories

September 8th, 2021


Why are sugar and oak often the ketchup of the wine world, used to hide bad grapes or poor winemaking? How did researching my first book lead to my most embarrassing wine moment? What’s the problem with biodynamic and …

144: Restaurant List Tips, Wine Courses & Buying Local Wines

September 1st, 2021


Why are restaurant wine lists often tricky to navigate, even for wine professionals? Is it worth pursuing wine certifications and courses? Wine is …

143: Luxury Wine Marketing, Dom Pérignon, Must-Have Gadgets with Robert Vernick & Peter Yeung

August 25th, 2021


What are the six key elements that define a luxury wine? What’ll surprise you about Dom Pérignon that makes it different from other luxury wines? Which two wine gadgets must you own as a wine lover?

In this episode of …

142: Learn About Wine via Podcasts, Books, Influencers with Robert Vernick & Peter Yeung

August 18th, 2021


How are podcasts a great way to learn about wine? Which wine books can jumpstart your education about wine and further it as you get more knowledgeable? What’s behind the backlash against wine influencers on social …

141: Fruit Wine, Pet-Nat Bubbly & Slovenian Wines with Nikki Goddard

August 11th, 2021


Why are fruit wines becoming more popular and how do they differ from grape-based wines? What is Pét-Nat-style wine and which ones should you …

140: Good Wine Faults, DRC, Misleading Wine Experts with Nikki Goddard

August 4th, 2021


When can wine faults actually improve the taste of wine? Does learning about wine decrease your enjoyment of it? Can wine experts really distinguish …

139: Wine Scores, Pairings and Writing with Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin

July 28th, 2021


Why did I resist scoring wines for the first three years I wrote about them? How do you go from submitting an article to a local publication to publishing your first book? Why aren't press trips to wine regions all …

138: How to Get the Most from Your Wine Bar Visit with Tanisha Townsend

July 21st, 2021


What's it like to explore Paris by visiting different wine bars? How do you know which company to choose for guided tours? What do you need to know before buying wine from a wine list, whether you’re at a restaurant or …

137: Paris for Wine Lovers with Tanisha Townsend Part 1

July 14th, 2021


What's it like to uproot your life in North America and move to Paris? What’s the connection between forensic science and wine? What influence has …

136: Behind the Scenes of a Travel and Wine Writer's Life with Celine Bossart

July 7th, 2021


What would it be like to visit the most gorgeous wine regions around the world, and get paid to do it? How does the fast-paced schedule of a wine and …

135: Wines from Jon Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Kendall Jenner with Celine Bossart

June 30th, 2021


Are you curious what it would be like to have lavish dinners and wine tastings with rockstars like Jon Bon Jovi and Fergie? How does music impact …

134: Online Courses, Canadian Wine & Weird Pairings with Susie Barrie

June 23rd, 2021


What’s my advice for those considering a wine career? How did my biggest career regret happen before I became a wine writer? How has my father’s …

133: Weird Wine & Food Pairings that Work with the Vine Guy

June 16th, 2021


Which weird food and wine pairings should you add to your must-try list? What makes wines from Oregon and California’s Sierra Foothills special? How …

132: Mature Champagne + Tasting with Robert Parker with Scott Greenberg

June 9th, 2021


What's it like tasting wines with the legendary wine critic Robert Parker? How does food take wine to the next level? What's it like to have dinner with celebrities of the wine world?

In this episode of the Unreserved …

131: Salt in Wine, Oyster Pairings + Real Talk with Your Sommelier

June 2nd, 2021


Is food and wine pairing the ultimate goal of every dining experience? Is it okay to tell sommeliers if you don’t like the wine they recommended? …

130: Restaurant Wine Lists Post-Pandemic with Vinepair's Zach Geballe Part 1

May 26th, 2021


What was it like being a sommelier at one of Seattle’s most prestigious restaurants as the pandemic started to unfold? How have restaurants and wine …

129: Champagne Widows + Are Expensive Wines Worth It?

May 19th, 2021


Are wines that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle ever worth the price? Does deepening your understanding of wine increase your enjoyment of …

128: All About Wine Stories with Ron Hunt Part 1

May 12th, 2021


What is it about wine that makes it part of many TV shows and movies? How does approaching wine through food make it so much more accessible? What adventures did I go on as a part of writing my books? Why are origin …

127: Wine Influencers + Drinking Too Much? Part 2 with Devin Parr

May 5th, 2021


What makes someone a wine influencer? Why is there so much uproar in the wine industry about celebrity wines and influencers? How did heavy drinking become such an entrenched part of the wine industry? Do you sometimes …

126: Cameron Diaz's Clean Wine + Wellness & Wine with Devin Parr Part 1

April 28th, 2021


How did Cameron Diaz’s new clean wine brand cause an uproar in the wine world? Where does wine fit into the wellness world? Which low alcohol and …

125: Inflated Wine Scores, Inside Tasting Tips with Paul K - Part 2

April 21st, 2021


Have wine scores gotten out of control, with higher numbers across the board? Are we oversimplifying wine when we talk and write about it? Is it …

124: Wine Clubs, Wine Finds & Tasting Tips with Paul K - Part 1

April 14th, 2021


Which wine regions, grapes and styles are under-valued and worth trying? Should you be skeptical about celebrity-endorsed wines? How do you choose a …

123: Wine, Politics and Diplomatic Entertaining with Washington Post Publisher, Fred Ryan - Part 2

April 7th, 2021


Only one president made his own wine and it wasn’t Thomas Jefferson. So who was it? How did Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ love of France shape White House menus? Which famous California winemaker attended a White House …

122: Wine, the White House & Presidential Pours with Washington Post Publisher, Fred Ryan Part 1

March 31st, 2021


Are you curious about how wine has played an essential role in politics? How did a bottle with Thomas Jefferson's initials become the center of a …

121: Online Wine Classes Bring the Future Forward with VinePair's Zach Geballe

March 24th, 2021


Where do the worlds of wine and high tech collide? Why has the wine industry been so slow to embrace digital offerings? Should you join an online …

120: Best Ways to Learn About Wine? Vanessa Conlin MW & Amanda McCrossin Part 2

March 17th, 2021


Are trends like orange wine and natural wine here to stay? What are the benefits of joining a wine club? How do you get out of a wine rut? Have consumer wine choices changed during the pandemic?

In this episode of the …

119: Which Hot New Wine Regions & Styles Should You Try? Amanda McCrossin & Vanessa Conlin MW Part 1

March 10th, 2021


Have you ever dreamed of ditching your day job and starting a career in wine? What do wine and music have in common? What's it like to share a bottle of wine with the famous wine critic Robert Parker?

In this episode of …

118: Dream Wine Careers with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards Part 2

March 3rd, 2021


Why are podcasts one of the best ways to learn about wine? How do English sparkling wines compare to Champagne, and should you seek them out? Why is …

117: Having a Wine Blast with Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

February 24th, 2021


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a career in wine, whether as a TV or radio personality, writer, author, podcaster, event …

116: Open That Bottle Night with Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher

February 17th, 2021


Do you have a bottle of wine that you’ve been holding onto for a special occasion? Are you curious about how much an old bottle you’ve been keeping …

115: Inside Bordeaux's Secret Underground with Jane Anson

February 10th, 2021


Are you curious about Bordeaux wine? Would you love to learn about its secret underground history? What about the overlooked wines and vintages that …

114: Rising Alcohol in Wine: Too Hot to Handle?

February 3rd, 2021


Want to seduce someone this Valentine’s Day? Forget the lingerie, lipstick and silk-tie handcuffs—just ensure that the object of your desire drinks a little wine. Over a few glasses of wine, love is blind, or at least …

113: Tasting and Pairing Grüner Veltliner with Austrian Winemaker Rudi Rabl

January 27th, 2021


Why do sommeliers love Grüner Veltliner? How does this zesty white wine from Austria compare to Gewürztraminer and Riesling? Does it age well? What are the best food pairings?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk …

112: New Zealand Wine's Sacred Soils with Left Field's Richard Painter

January 20th, 2021


How does the unique geography and climate of Hawke's Bay and Gimlet Gravels in New Zealand create wines unlike any others? How does New Zealand Syrah differ from those from other regions? Why do many winemakers seem to …

111: Ontario Icewine: How to Drink It, Pair It and Love It with Karen King

January 13th, 2021


How is Icewine different from other sweet wines? How does that change the way you drink it and pair with food? Which pairings work beyond dessert? How can you make delicious Icewine Slushies and pair them with chili …

110: Drunken Adjectives: A Fuzzy Vine-acular

January 6th, 2021


Are there really that many different descriptors for inebriation? What's the origin of drunken euphemisms like "three sheets to the wind"? Why does …

109: How to Pair Wine and Chocolate with Chocolate Sommelier Roxanne Browning

December 30th, 2020


Where can you find the best chocolate? What's the difference between candy and real chocolate? How can you pair wine and chocolate? What does Fair …

108: Holiday Movie Wines + Cool Chardonnay with Brian Schmidt

December 23rd, 2020


What exactly is a cool climate Chardonnay? Which dishes are delicious with this style of Chardonnay? What's the most important element for you to …

107: Wine Tasting and Pairing Tips from Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner

December 16th, 2020


Is being a sommelier as glamourous as it seems? Why is it sometimes difficult to differentiate between certain New and Old World wines? How does …

106: Pairing California Wine and Gourmet Burgers with Winemaker Joel Gott

December 9th, 2020


How do you pair wine with burgers? What is it about California that gives us such a wide variety of wine? How is the Napa Valley food scene? What restaurant industry lessons help Joel make better wine?

In this episode …

105: Wine and Cheese Pairings to Celebrate the Holidays with Janet Fletcher

December 2nd, 2020


Should you try a cheese-only cheese course? Why are cheese and bread not necessarily great matches for cheese? Which underappreciated wine and cheese …

104: Zinfandel Crusader Joel Peterson, Ravenswood Founding Winemaker

November 25th, 2020


Do you know the rich and royal history behind Zinfandel? How does the air in a vineyard affect the flavours you taste in its wine? Why did Zinfandel …

103: The Connected Table with Melanie Young and David Ransom

November 18th, 2020


How did my first sip of "fancy wine" jump-start my thirst for wine knowledge and experiences? Why is this a perfect time for you to take an online wine course? Why is it hard to pair certain vegetables, like asparagus, …

102: Nova Scotia's Secret Star Wine Power with Benjamin Bridge's Jean Benoit Deslauriers

November 11th, 2020


Where can you find one of the Canadian wine industry's best-kept secrets? How does the dynamic Bay of Fundy impact the flavours you taste in wines from the Gaspereau Valley? Which Benjamin Bridge wine will you find on …

101: Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries Adapt to Covid with Andrea Kaiser

November 4th, 2020


What's it like harvesting grapes in sub-zero temperatures? Is there really any difference between a vineyard on one side of the road and a vineyard on the other? Is this a good time for you to visit a winery? What's …

100: Moms Sipping Sangria and Talking Wine with Sheila Walsh and Anita MacArthur

October 28th, 2020


What’s the quickest way to chill a bottle of wine? How can the lemon and butter test help you pair wine with food? Which wines should you use for …

99: Family-Run Wineries v Corporate-Owned? Henry of Pelham's Daniel Speck

October 21st, 2020


What was it like being part of the budding Niagara wine scene? Why are wineries so well-suited to be family-owned? How does the terroir of the Niagara bench influence what you taste in Henry of Pelham wines? Why is …

98: The Shape of Wine Taste with Australia's Wakefield Wines

October 14th, 2020


How can you visualize the taste of wine in a chart? How would those charts be different for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Shiraz? What …

97: Taco Bell's New Jalapeño Noir Wine: Should You Try It?

October 7th, 2020


Taco Bell just launched its first wine called Jalapeño Noir, a Pinot Noir, get it? Is the wine any good? Should you try it? Does it pair well with …

96: Which Wine Pairs Best with Blue Cheese? Janice Beaton Makes the Match

September 30th, 2020


Why are wine and cheese your best bets when entertaining? If you're not a fan of blue cheese, where do you start to acquire a taste for it? How is …

95: Which Cheeses Go Well With Wine? Janice Beaton Shares Pairings

September 23rd, 2020


Why does cheese, like wine, spark obsession? Why do certain wines and cheeses have a similar flavour profile? What makes Canadian cheeses unique? Do different types of cows' milk produce different flavours in cheese? …

94: Wine and Principled Persuasion with Dragon’s Den Arlene Dickinson

September 16th, 2020


What would it look like for you to pitch a winery on Dragon's Den versus The Big Decision? What are the creative similarities between writing a book …

93: Master of Wine vs Master Sommelier? Jane Masters Reveals the Difference

September 9th, 2020

What's the difference between a Master of Wine (MW) and a Master Sommelier (MS)? How can you take advantage of your surroundings to become a better wine taster? Is there a benefit to focusing on tasting notes instead …

92: Pairing Wine and Cheese Pairings Like a Pro with Laura Werlin

September 2nd, 2020


What should you consider when pairing wine and cheese? Why is sparkling wine the perfect pairing for many cheeses? Are there red-flag flavours that …

91: The Wine Bible's Karen MacNeil on Women and Wine

August 26th, 2020


How did The Wine Bible get its name? How was it unlike any wine book of its time? What was it like as a young woman trying to break into the male-dominated New York wine scene in the 1970s? Why are there significantly …

90: How to Break Wine & Food Pairing Rules? with Chris Scott

August 19th, 2020


Why should you pair wine to the diner, not the dinner? Do you always have to follow the "rules" when pairing food and wine? Which fun food and wine …

89: Why Should You Take Online Wine & Food Classes? with Chris Scott

August 12th, 2020


Can being a supertaster affect your preferences in alcoholic beverages? Why don't you find a lot of wineries in Ottawa? How do online classes give …

88: How Does a Wine's Name Affect How Much You'll Pay for it? with Dr. Antonia Mantonakis

August 5th, 2020


How does the ease with which you can pronounce a winery name affect your perception of both the wine and its price? Are wine experts or novices more likely to assign a higher value to wines with complicated names? How …

87: Pairing Wine with Sharks, Dragons and Kevin O'Leary

July 29th, 2020


What should you consider when buying wine as an investment? What's the cold, hard truth about the Canadian wine industry? What makes for a successful …

86: How We Buy Wine Based on Secret Retail Triggers with Dr. Tim Dodd

July 22nd, 2020


What would surprise us about the way we buy wine? What techniques do wine retailers use to trigger impulse buys in the store? What are the biggest …

85: How Did the Mega-Hit Movie Sideways Change Pinot Noir (and Merlot)?

July 15th, 2020


How did the novel and movie Sideways change the wine market in North America? In the book, the character Miles is portrayed as a wine snob, but what really defines a wine snob? What do you need to know if you want to …

84: Are Celebrity Athlete Wines Great or Gimmicks? With Dr. Antonia Mantonakis

July 8th, 2020


Are wines named after a sports celebrity any good or is this just a marketing gimmick? Are more gentle sports like golf better suited to marketing a …

83: What's Trending in the Wine World with Darren Oleksyn

July 1st, 2020


What are the hottest wine trends right now? What's the difference between natural wine and orange wine? Are new drinks like blue wine and Pinot …

82: Bordeaux and China: Wine Culture Clash or Perfect Pairing? Suzanne Mustacich Reveals Surprising Insights

June 24th, 2020


Why is Bordeaux considered the ultimate luxury brand in the world of wine? Why did the Chinese market suddenly start buying Bordeaux wines in the …

81: Tasting Wine Like a Detective with Ontario's Best Sommelier Emily Pearce-Bibona

June 17th, 2020


What does it take to win Ontario’s Best Sommelier competition? What’s it like performing in front of a set of very stern-eyed wine judges and a live audience? What is the smartest question you can ask your sommelier in …

80: What's the Rosé Lifestyle? Wine Writer Jill Barth on Why You'd Enjoy It

June 10th, 2020


How did Provence become known as the heartland of Rosé? What does it mean to be part of the Rosé lifestyle? Why should you take a trip to the …

79: Why Sommeliers Love Austrian Gruner Veltliner with Heidi Fisher Pfaffl

June 3rd, 2020


Would you like to learn more about Austrian wines, especially its iconic grape, Gruner Veltliner? Do you know why this wine is one of the most …

78: Why are Nova Scotia's Tidal Bay and L'Acadie Blanc Signature Wines?

May 27th, 2020


What do you need to know about Nova Scotia’s signature grape, L'Acadie blanc? What is Tidal Bay and why is it Canada's first stylistic appellation? Why is one Nova Scotia winery burying barrels of wine underground? …

77: The Use (and Abuse) of Wine Scores with Vino Mike and Pete on That Wine Pod

May 20th, 2020


How does the 100 point scale make wine scores easier for you to interpret? How can you drink better wines by finding a wine critic whose style you like? How does grade inflation affect you as a wine lover? Why is taking …

76: Wine Girl Reveals the Wine World's Dark Side and Hope for the Future with Sommelier Victoria James

May 13th, 2020


What’s it like serving wine to celebrities like Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus? How is being a sommelier different when you work at a …

75: Niagara Vine Laureate Klaus Reif: Ontario Wine's Future

May 6th, 2020


What profound impact does buying your local wine have on your economy? Why will supporting the "Free My Grapes" campaign improve your choice and access to wine? How have Ontario wines changed since the 80s? What are the …

74: Dr. Laura Catena on Malbec, Wine's Health Benefits and Winemaking in Argentina

April 29th, 2020


Have you tasted an Argentine Malbec? Which foods pair best with Malbec? Why is Malbec more like Pinot Noir than Cabernet? What are the health benefits of wine?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we're …

73: Women v Men Wine Tasting and Texture with Dr. Gary Pickering

April 22nd, 2020


What makes you a supertaster? Does supertaster status play a role outside of wine tasting? How does age affect our senses of smell and taste? Why is …

72: Orange Wines are Trending with Winemaker Ann Sperling

April 15th, 2020


What is orange wine? How does fermenting with the stems and leave give you a more complex flavour profile? Can you find orange wine on restaurant …

71: British Columbia’s Best Wineries with Wine Writer John Schreiner

April 8th, 2020


What defines an icon wine? What are the hottest trends in BC wines right now? Which British Columbia wines are worth adding to your cellar? What will …

70: Frog’s Leap Winemaker John Williams Shares Witty & Wise Stories

April 1st, 2020


Do all wines taste better with time? What similarities are there between winemaking and cheese-making? Why is Zinfandel your perfect summer drink? How does dry farming impact the flavour of wine?

In this episode of the …

69: How Has Quarantine Impacted Wineries and Wine Lovers?

March 25th, 2020


Should you hold firm to plans for travelling to wine regions in the near future? How are winery visits being impacted by quarantine restrictions? Can …

68: Pairing Spicy Dishes & Wines with Vikram Vij and Sean Nelson

March 18th, 2020


How sparkling wine spice up your menu? What complementary taste rule can you use to pair your food with wine? Which wines should you never pair with …

67: Become a Better Wine Taster with Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert

March 11th, 2020


What's the one thing you can do when visiting wine regions to make it your best trip ever? How can yoga help you become a better wine taster? How do …

66: Angelina Jolie Wines with Winemaking Consultant Clark Smith

March 4th, 2020


Why would you want to challenge a young wine with oxygen? Why don’t you hear many technical conversations around wine? How can movie genres help you …

65: Wine Industry Faces Digital Darwinism with Paul Mabray

February 26th, 2020


How is the wine industry embracing the digital world? What role do influencers play in wine marketing? What can you do to increase engagement and …

64: Money, Taste and Wine with Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist

February 19th, 2020


Does price affect your perception of a wine's quality? What would it be like to travel around the world in pursuit of eighty wines? Why does the wide …

63: Aphrodisiac Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day

February 12th, 2020


Do you need to follow a food and wine pairing rulebook? What wine-worthy aphrodisiacs should you add to your menu this Valentine's Day? Does the …

62: Pairing Wine and Cannabis with the Herb Sommelier Jamie Evans

February 5th, 2020


What does a wine enthusiast have in common with a cannabis user? How can you pair wine with cannabis? What do you need to know about terpenes and wine pairing? How do infused beverages bring together the cannabis and …

61: Single Vineyards versus Blends, Drops of God Manga Wine, Wine Scores

January 29th, 2020


How does blending grapes impact the flavour profile of wine? What can blends give you that a single varietal can’t? What can you learn about wine …

60: Mark Oldman: The Wine World’s Greatest Showman

January 22nd, 2020


What insider tip can you use the next time you’re faced with a restaurant wine list? What do billionaires look for in wines for daily drinking? Why …

59: Bargain Wines, Pairing Wine and Artichokes, Wine Region Vacations with the Restaurant Guys Mark Pascal and Francis Schott

January 15th, 2020


What makes a bargain wine? How can you prepare artichokes to be more wine-friendly? Should you plan a trip to Canada's wine regions?

In today’s …

58: Getting Graphic with Wine and Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

January 8th, 2020


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Madeline Puckette, the content director and co-founder of Wine Folly whose …

57: BYOB Wines to Restaurants

January 1st, 2020


What does BYOB, Bring Your Own Bottle, to a restaurant mean? What special laws and etiquette do you need to know about it? Which provinces and states allow it? How does BYOB benefit you as a wine lover, aside from …

56: Champagne Special with the Restaurant Guys Mark Pascal and Francis Schott

December 25th, 2019


In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, on their excellent radio show The Restaurant Guys. They’ve been in the fine dining and wine retail business for more than 25 years, and co-own Stage …

55: Pairing Gift Wines with Personalities

December 18th, 2019


Why does wine make such an ideal holiday gift? Which wines are the best to give, especially when you don’t know the personal taste of the …

54: What's Minerality in Wine? Plus California Wildfires

December 11th, 2019


What it minerality mean when it comes to wine? Is it a taste? A feeling? Or some bogus concept meant to keep wine mysterious? What’s the latest with the devastating wildfires in Sonoma wine country? Why are winemakers …

53: Festive Wines with the Globe & Mail's Christine Sismondo

December 4th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Christine Sismondo, writer, teacher and barfly who, when not teaching literature at York University, is tracking down the city’s best drinks and …

52: Visiting Burgundy and Tasting Barolo with Matt Cauz

November 27th, 2019


On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Matt Cauz, on his excellent podcast called Matt Talks Wine and Stuff with Interesting People. Matt interviews sommeliers, winemakers and wine writers so this is a bit of a …

51: Wine for Normal People with Elizabeth Schneider

November 20th, 2019


I’m chatting with Elizabeth Schneider, who has just published her first book called Wine for Normal People. Elizabeth also hosts one of the popular …

50: Pairing Chocolate & Wine, Harvest 2019 Update

November 13th, 2019


How do you pair wine and chocolate? Do the wines change with different types of chocolate, say milk chocolate versus dark chocolate? How is the 2019 …

49: Flying with Flavour: Travel and Wine Stories with Stephanie Piché

November 6th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Stephanie Piché, a chef who in her never-ending quest for new flavours and experiences, has travelled the world to over 30 countries to gather …

48: A Full-Bodied Framework to Taste, Pair & Buy Wine Like a Pro

October 30th, 2019


Would you like to know how to taste, pair and buy wine like a pro? Would you like to walk into a liquor store and know exactly which new wine you …

47: Behind the Scenes: A Wine Writer's Life

October 23rd, 2019


When I attend a social event that’s outside the wine industry and I’m asked about my job, I often joke that I drink for a living. After I clarify that I write about wine, I usually get questions about what exactly that …

46: Texas Wines and Wine Writing Ethics

October 16th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Gus Clemens, who went to business college when he was just 12 years old to …

45: Thanksgiving Wines, Mouse Wine Defect, Trends to Ignore

October 9th, 2019


For those of us in Canada, Thanksgiving is this weekend. In my opinion, there is no other holiday that celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving. …

44: Pairing Spicy Food & Wine, Gen X versus Millennial Drinkers

October 2nd, 2019


Do you have trouble pairing wine with spicy dishes? What flavours can survive a spicy pairing? How do you pair wine and dishes with a lot of heat like Tex-Mex or vindaloo chicken? Why are Gen Xers so different as wine …

43: Wine Gossip and Stories with Friends of the Vine and Ian Osborn

September 25th, 2019


On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Ian Osborn, on his excellent podcast called Friends of the Vine. This is a bit of a turnaround from my usual format because Ian is interviewing me.  I highly recommend that you …

42: Pairing Veggies & Wine, Chilling Wine Quickly, Resveratrol & Depression

September 18th, 2019


What makes veggies so hard to pair with wine? Are some types of wine better suited to veggie-pairings? How do you pair wine and veggies, especially the wine stalkers - asparagus and artichoke? How can you chill …

41: Travel the Wine World with Kevin Brauch

September 11th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Kevin Brauch, a Gemini Award Winner, TV producer and host of hit series The Thirsty Traveler, Iron Chef America, SuperStar Chef Challenge, FOOD …

40: Pairing Tomatoes & Wine, Heatwave Impact, Gary Vaynerchuk's New Wine Club

September 4th, 2019


What's the best way to pair wine with tomatoes and tomato dishes? Will the current heatwave impact wine and the greater wine economy? How is Gary Vaynerchuk disrupting the way we buy wine? What effect does being in a …

39: Do Wine Scores Matter? Bloomberg Columnist Elin McCoy on Robert Parker

August 28th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with author Elin McCoy, who is the wine columnist for both Bloomberg News and …

38: Getting Hammered: Wine Auction Guide to Survival

August 21st, 2019


Did you know that wine auctions are on the rise, both as fundraisers and as commercial ways to buy and sell your cellar stash?

On this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with you about why …

37: From Champagne to Napa Valley: Wine Stories with Tilar Mazzeo

August 14th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Tilar Mazzeo, author and proprietor and winemaker at Parsell Vineyard. Her …

36: Airline Wine: Flights of Wine You Can Drink Without Reservations

August 7th, 2019


If you want great wine these days you don’t have to fly thousands of miles to get it, you can sip it en route. But getting wine to taste delicious at 30,000 feet isn’t easy.

If you’re flying somewhere anytime soon, …

35: Smart Tests for Wine Acidity, Tannin & Balance with Sommelier Chris Scott

July 31st, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Chris Scott, a U.K.-based sommelier who published the world’s first-ever wine podcast, the UK Wine Show. Chris and his wife, Jane also founded …

34: Seafood Pairings, Flying Corks, Sober Curious

July 24th, 2019


This past Friday, in a scene not unfamiliar to Champagne lovers everywhere, one Wimbledon spectator lost control of his cork, which then made it's …

33: The Smart Woman Behind the Wine for Dummies Books: Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW

July 17th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Mary Ewing-Mulligan, president of the International Wine Center and the …

32: Orange Wines, Pairings for Meatless Burgers

July 10th, 2019


Is orange the new white? Which wines pair best with meatless burgers? How do you keep your wines cool in the summer heat? I'd love for you to share …

31: Pairing Wine & Charcuterie with Jennifer McLagan

July 3rd, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Jennifer McLagan, an author and expert in charcuterie. Sometimes, I think we’ve become so paranoid about fat in our diets that we forget that not …

30: Canada Day Wines

June 26th, 2019


In honour of Canada Day on July 1st, we're doing a deep dive into Canadian wine, including some colourful history and surprising facts that you can …

29: Wine Scandals, Fakes and Forgery with Maureen Downey

June 19th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Maureen Downey, a.k.a. the Wine Detective, about wine forgeries, fakes and scandals. You’ll learn tips on how to spot a fake wine based on the …

28: Father's Day Wines

June 12th, 2019


This Sunday is Father’s Day, so I’m going to get downright practical on this episode with some terrific gift wines suggestions that you can buy dear …

27: Gripping Wine Stories with San Francisco Chronicle Wine Columnist Esther Mobley

June 5th, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Esther Mobley, on the gripping stories that catapulted her to become the …

26: Wine & War: The Vinous Insurrection

May 29th, 2019


Welcome back for Part Two of an audio essay to celebrate National Wine Day, this past Saturday, May 25.

Most of what I’m going to share with you today is based on a magazine piece about wine and civility that I wrote …

25: Pairing Wine and Yoga to Unwined with Morgan Perry

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, we’re chatting with Morgan Perry who pairs wine and yoga in her Vino Vinyasa classes. More than …

24: National Wine Day Prompts These Thoughts

May 15th, 2019


May 25 is National Wine Day and in honour of that, I think it’s worth exploring how wine, as a beverage, has influenced our culture. Wine has been an …

23: Randall Grahm: A Californian Blend of Wine, Wit and Wisdom

May 8th, 2019


In today’s episode, we’re chatting with the rockstar Californian winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon winery who blends wit and wisdom unlike any other person in the wine world. He’s brilliant both in his insights and …

22: Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Writing Red, White and Drunk All Over

May 1st, 2019


What role have books played in my exploration of wine regions around the world? What's it like tasting ultra high-end wine? How is wine portrayed in …

21: Is Wine the Source of Civilization? John Mahoney Thinks So and Here's Why

April 24th, 2019


In today’s episode, we’re chatting with the author John Mahoney who has written several books on wine, but we’ll be focusing on his latest: Is Wine the Source of Civilization?

Spoiler alert, the answer is yes. But the …

20: Why You Need to Know Malbec Truly, Madly, Deeply

April 17th, 2019


Have you tried Malbec? Did you like it? Which ones are your favourites? From Argentina to France, Malbecs are not all created equal. For me, it was an Argentine Malbec that first piqued my curiosity, leading me to start …

19: How to Become the World’s Best Sommelier with Arvid Rosengren

April 10th, 2019


Arvid Rosengren is one of the most merited sommeliers in the world, holding a range of competition wins and titles, the crowning achievement being …

18: Wine and Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Atkins, South Beach and Other Diets (Does Wine Make You Fat?)

April 3rd, 2019


Does wine make you fat? Can you drink wine while you’re on a diet? What about diets like paleo, keto, South Beach, Atkins and gluten-free? In recent years some winemakers have started producing or re-labelling low-carb …

17: Organic and Biodynamic Wine with Thomas Bachelder

March 27th, 2019


Thomas Bachelder is a Canadian winemaking superstar on a mission when it comes to cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After studying in France …

16: Are Organic Wines Better for You?

March 20th, 2019


What exactly is organic wine? Is it better for you? In recent years, organic wine has moved from the realms of health nuts and hippies to the mainstream, where it now represents one of the fastest-growing categories in …

15: What to Ask the Sommelier with Lesley Brown, Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers

March 13th, 2019


Lesley Brown has been a part of the Canadian Wine Industry for the past 17 years and works with several high profile wine agencies. She holds an …

14: Bottle of the Sexes: Women v Men on Wine

March 6th, 2019


Are men from Bordeaux and women from Burgundy? In my 20 years of studying and writing about wine, I’ve encountered a lot of differences in how men and women approach the subject. There are also several studies that show …

13: Blending Humour and Wine in South Africa with Charles Back, Fairview Wine

February 27th, 2019


Charles Louis Back is the third generation owner of South African wine and cheese producer Fairview, in Paarl in the Western Cape Province. Charles …

12: Wine Scores: Misleading or Helpful to Consumers?

February 20th, 2019


It’s unbelievable to consider that there’s a huge industry of specialists dedicating their lives to wine in the form of writers, sommeliers and critics. Why has wine inspired us in a way no other food or drink does?

In …

11: The World's Best Wines with Forbes Columnist Katie Kelly Bell

February 13th, 2019


Katie Kelly Bell has been writing about food, wine and travel for over a dozen years, with her writing appearing in publications such as Forbes, USA Today, Modern Luxury, Decanter and Southern Living. Her experiences …

10: Wines for Seduction: A Vine Romance for Valentine's Day

February 6th, 2019


Do you want to seduce someone this Valentine’s Day? Forget the lingerie, lipstick and silk-tie handcuffs - just share a glass or two of wine with your amour.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to share with you …

9: Are Vegan & Vegetarian Wines Better for You? Ezra Cipes, Summerhill Winery, BC, Has Answers

January 30th, 2019


Ezra Cipes is proud to carry on the family legacy at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Since the Cipes family moved from New York to Summerhill Vineyard in …

8: Scandalous Wine Women on TV

January 23rd, 2019


I have to confess: I am obsessed with Alicia Florrick, the successful attorney on The Good Wife, and Olivia Pope, the high-powered Washington D.C. …

7: Wine Confidential: An Insider Look at the Wine World with Bianca Bosker

January 16th, 2019


Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to …

6: Secret Book Club Reading of Red, White and Drunk All Over

January 9th, 2019


Are you curious about what’s behind the covers of my book, Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass Audio Edition (which you'll hear me refer to as "RWD")? In this episode, I’m inviting …

5: Wine & Health: Benefits, Risks and Surprises with Dr. Edward Miller

January 2nd, 2019


Dr. Edward Miller is a board-certified physician, author, & researcher and he has been passionate about wine since taking a wine appreciation …

4: Sneak Peak Behind-the-Scenes: Publishing a Wine Audiobook

December 26th, 2018


Have you ever wondered how an audiobook gets made and then sold via Apple Books, Amazon and Audible around the world?  In this episode, I’m sharing …

3: Why Do You Like the Wines You Do with Marnie Old and Jean-Charles Boisset

December 19th, 2018


Sommelier and author Marnie Old and winemaker Jean-Charles Boisset of Domaine de la Vougeraie, have co-authored a book, Passion For Wine: The French …

2: Wine Confession: Loving the Buzz of Alcohol

December 12th, 2018


As I mentioned in the introductory episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, every other episode I’ll be doing a solo episode where I offer up …

1: Wine Forgery and True Wine Crime with Pete Hellman

December 12th, 2018


Peter Hellman is a New York-based wine journalist and best-selling author. His writing has appeared in Wine Spectator, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times, New York Sun and his bestselling books …

Introducing the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast: Unfiltered Wine Conversations and Confessions

November 20th, 2018


Welcome to this special introduction to the Unreserved Wine Talk Podcast!

My name is Natalie MacLean and I’ve been writing about wine for twenty years. Growing up in a small Nova Scotia town, I used to think that wine …

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